Luca Ciferri

LUCA CIFERRI

Data from cars: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2017

Does data generated by autonomous vehicles really provide carmakers with a “$1 trillion opportunity”?... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Data: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2017

Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Data: Gold mine or land mine?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2017

Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies such as Apple and Google. But while this information is valuable, it might not be the carmakers who profit.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

Could Tavares cut one of PSA's brands?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2017

How will PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares manage to streamline his enlarged brand portfolio now that Citroen, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market?... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2017

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially those in Europe -- will have a powerful say in which powertrains will rule the road because they can dictate which types of vehicles will be allowed inside their metropolitan areas.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: BMW helps fill free time given by piloted cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2017

As autonomous driving becomes a hot topic, BMW provided a peek at the opportunities drivers will have when they don't have to worry about steering their car.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERI

BLOG: Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2017

Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. Gone are the days when the automaker was a one-dimensional company that relied too much on France and rose or fell based on demand for its Scenic minivan.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2017

Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, according to a man who has direct contact with both.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up certainly has aggressive communication.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2017

I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car as soon as I can, but many others are skeptical. One reason is they want to be sure that the artificial intelligence in control of their vehicle knows exactly what’s happening on the road around the car.
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a $138 million bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2016

Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One team principal in a 110-million-pound bid to win the America's Cup, the world's most prestigious sailing trophy.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Formula One's last chance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2016

Formula One's new owner, Liberty Media, is facing a big challenge: Modernize the world's most watched, most technically sophisticated motor sports series or watch a multi-billion-dollar investment vanish.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Tesla is a different story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what Apple has been able to do. European rivals can only look on with envy.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2016

To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to make a film that plays on how many different ways a minivan can be used.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Confessions of a diesel junkie

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career as a motoring journalist may no longer be realistic. Why? Because by 2030, diesel sales are forecast to plunge to 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe from about 50 percent today as automakers increasingly rely on EVs to meet tougher emissions rules.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2016

Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals would publicly admit: That the CO2 numbers on the cars sold in Europe are bogus.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Volvo defies gravity

8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2016

Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. Its recent success, however, gives it a legitimate chance of rising to the top tier before the end of the decade.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2016

Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche during the final lap of the race. I was with Toyota's executive team members when their elation was transformed into complete deflation last weekend.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2016

Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2016

Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

How Farley steered Ford's European turnaround

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Luca Ciferri says Ford of Europe's 6.3 percent operating margin and $434 million pretax profit in the first quarter were "impressive."... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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